Claggett's First Career Complete Game Shutout Leads Saints To 5-0 Game 1 VictoryST. PAUL, MN June 17, 2014
CLAGGETTS FIRST CAREER COMPLETE GAME SHUTOUT LEADS SAINTS TO 5-0 GAME 1 VICTORY
ST. PAUL, MN (June 17, 2014) – Two former Major Leaguers squared off in game one of the doubleheader between the St. Paul Saints and Lincoln Saltdogs at Midway Stadium on Tuesday afternoon. Saints starter Anthony Claggett was far superior throwing his first career complete game shutout, a four-hitter, as the Saints took game one 5-0.
The 30-year-old Claggett, who pitched two games with the New York Yankees and one with the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2009, had thrown three complete games in his career, all last season with the Saints and he lost all three. He made sure he didn’t lose on Tuesday by tossing his first career shutout.
Claggett labored in the first inning throwing 30 pitches, but he settled down after that and cruised the rest of the way. In the first Claggett walked leadoff hitter Chad Mozingo and gave up a single to Luis Nunez. He got Matt Forgatch to fly out and then struck out the next two hitters to end the inning.
In the third Claggett gave up a one out single to Nunez, who then stole second. Forgatch’s grounder to short erased Nunez at third and then Claggett picked off Forgatch at first to end the inning.
The only runner to reach second against Claggett came in the last inning, the seventh. Claggett walked the leadoff hitter Tony Vigger and after two strikeouts, Vigger moved to second on a wild pitch. Claggett ended the game by getting Taylor Smith to ground out. Claggett walked two and struck out a season high seven.
The Saints managed to get to former Major Leaguer Joe Bisenius in the first. Bisenius, who pitched two games for the Philadelphia Phillies in 2007 and five for the Washington Nationals in 2010 came into the game leading the American Association in strikeouts. Devin Thaut led off the first with a double. He moved to third on a groundout and scored on a single by Evan Bigley to make it 1-0. Bigley stole second and scored on a single by Willie Cabrera to give the Saints a 2-0 lead.
In the fifth Thaut and Bonfe led off with back-to-back singles. Bigley, who finished 3- 3 with a double, two RBI and two runs scored, knocked hom Thaut with a double to make it 3-0. Angelo Songco’s two-run double finished the scoring. Bisenius lasted 5.0 innings allowing five runs on nine hits while walking two and striking out a season low two.